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Letter: Know to whom you are donating

To the Editor:

What’s in a name? As the Humane Society of Goodhue County, we run into confusion about our name and our respective affiliations quite frequently and I would like to clarify that.

“Humane society” is a general term, like grocery store. Organizations with humane society in their name are involved with animal welfare and usually take in and adopt out animals, as we do, but there can be a lot of variations beyond that and having that term in their name doesn’t mean they are part of a larger group.

The Humane Society of Goodhue County has a physical shelter and operates as an impound facility for the city and county as well as a private shelter. We are not directly affiliated with, regulated by, or receive funding from any other humane society, rescue group, or animal shelter.

We frequently hear from people who donate to the Humane Society of the United States, who assume that we receive a portion of those donations. That is not the case.

If you wish to support animals in your local community with a financial contribution, the best way is to make that donation directly to organizations doing the work in your community. Please feel free to contact at 651-388-5286 or visit us to learn more about what our specific group does!

Anna Ostendorf

Red Wing

Anna Ostendorf is the executive director of the Humane Society of Goodhue County.